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Gettysburg National Cemetery

Site

Bust of Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address Memorial in the Gettysburg Soldiers National Cemetery

Established just months following the battle, the Gettysburg National Cemetery marks the “final resting place for those who here gave their lives..."

At the cemetery's dedication, President Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863.

In addition to the more than 3,500 Union soldiers buried here, the cemetery contains the remains of American soldiers and dependents from the Civil War to Vietnam.

 

Significance

 

Why visit the Gettysburg National Cemetery?

A visit to the Gettysburg National Cemetery reminds us of the sacrifice and dedication our soldiers have given to preserve our democracy and expand freedom.

  • Solemn Reflection: Walk the hallowed grounds and take a moment to reflect on those who have given–and are willing to give–“the last full measure of devotion.”
  • Strategic Site: View the Union army’s vantage point. The cannons and monuments in the cemetery mark specific locations of Union artillery and demonstrate the tactical significance of Cemetery Hill during the battle.
  • Soldiers' National Monument: Stand at the cemetery’s centerpiece. The 60-foot statue features the figure of Liberty on the pedestal surrounded on the base by figures of War, Clio, (the Muse of History), Plenty and Peace.
  • Gettysburg Address: Read the words again. The Lincoln Address Memorial inside the cemetery commemorates the speech. Ponder its relevance to our nation today.
 

Story

Symbolic site.

Sacrifice and selflessness.

An Address for the ages.

At A Glance

Allow 45 minutes
Silence and Respect.
Free admission
Wheelchair accessible
Outdoor site – May be impacted by weather. Bring water, sun protection, insect repellent.
97 Taneytown Rd. Gettysburg, PA 17325 (MAP)
Parking lot available across from the cemetery entrance on Taneytown Rd. (MAP)

Hours:

Daily, Sunrise to Sunset

The Gettysburg National Cemetery is part of Gettysburg National Military Park.

Visit the National Park Service site

Historic Sites

George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital

Currently Closed for the Season

Summer season of living history and programs returns June 2023.

 

Walk the grounds, hear the stories and feel the emotions of life–and death–at this historic farm suddenly transformed into a field hospital. Living historians and docents provide insight and authentic accounts of experiences on the farm during the battle.

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Currently open daily, sunrise to sunset, for self-guided tours of the grounds with limited on-site parking available.

 

Step onto President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower's weekend retreat and property in retirement. A self-guided tour of the grounds includes the charming home's exterior,gardens, teahouse, skeet range, putting green and Angus cattle barns.

David Wills House

Best known as the home where President Lincoln stayed prior to delivering his Gettysburg Address, visit the David Wills House and explore the seven-gallery interactive National Park Service museum relating the story of the Wills family, Lincoln’s visit and the Gettysburg Address.

Plan Your Visit to Gettysburg.

Whether you are visiting for the first time, or you return year-after-year, we can help you plan your visit.

AbsoluteURL: https://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/soldiers-national-cemetery